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Travel Guides Career Video

Plans, organizes, and conducts long distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Travel and Tourism pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Plans tour itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes and destination sites.
  • Resolves any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.
  • Sells travel packages.
  • Arranges for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment, and the availability of medical personnel.
  • Evaluates services received on the tour, and reports findings to tour organizers.
  • Leads individuals or groups to tour site locations and describes points of interest.
  • Verifies amounts and quality of equipment prior to expeditions or tours.
  • Pays bills and records checks issued.
  • Attends to special needs of tour participants.
  • Gives advice on sightseeing and shopping.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

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